Lee Harris argues quite well that we Americans have too much respect for Law. I would agree. The Terri Schiavo case is one that showcased this tendency among Libertarians, and Liberals. Harris does not use the TS case to make his case, although he might well have.
And he ends with an intestesting question about whether a nation gets destroyed by an excess of the things that it loves. Which is an intriguing idea, to be sure.